DE RUEHSA #2392 3271718
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 231718Z NOV 09
FM AMEMBASSY PRETORIA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 0317
INFO RUEHUNV/USMISSION UNVIE VIENNA PRIORITY 0338
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK PRIORITY 0632
RUEHGV/USMISSION GENEVA PRIORITY 1313 C O N F I D E N T I A L PRETORIA 002392
FOR NEA/FO CATALANO AND ISN/RA NEPHEW
E.O. 12958: DECL: 11/23/2119
SUBJECT: SOUTH AFRICA: U.S. POSTURE ON IRAN'S NUCLEAR
PROGRAM AND NEXT STEPS
REF: STATE 120288
Classified By: Classified by Political Counselor Walter N. Pflaumer for
Reasons 1.4 b and d.
(C) Meeting with Department of International Relations and
Cooperation Deputy Director for Nuclear Disarmament and
Nonproliferation Johann Kellerman on November 23, Deputy
Political Counselor set forth the serious lingering concerns
regarding Iran's nuclear intentions outlined in reftel and
urged support for recent U.S. and P5 1 efforts. Kellerman
expressed appreciation for our frustration, agreeing that
Iran's intransigence is difficult to understand. Kellerman
predicted that Iran may try to sidestep efforts to engage at
the IAEA Board of Governors meeting on November 26 by
insisting that the P5 1 initiative is distinct and separate
from its IAEA obligations. Kellerman assured us that he
would convey our concerns, but he also suggested that direct
consultations between the U.S. and South Africa in Vienna
might be useful. Kellerman added that in his personal view,
Iran's regional partners will need to be part of any
successful effort to influence Tehran.
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